Phone Hacking: what has happened to the News International compensation scheme?

20 09 2011

In a post on this blog on Friday 16 September 2011, the Chair of Lawyers for Media Standards, Steven Heffer, described the News International phone hacking compensation scheme as “smoke and mirrors”.  He noted that, despite the scheme having been announced in April 2011, no details have yet been made public.  Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: McGaughey v Sunday Newspapers Limited – Northern Ireland, privacy and damages

20 09 2011

Johnny Adair

On Friday 16 September 2011, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland (Morgan LCJ, Higgins LJ and Sir John Sheil) handed down judgment in the privacy claim of McGaughey v Sunday Newspapers Ltd. The narrow issue on the appeal was whether or not the action should be remitted to the County Court. McCloskey J had made an order remitting the case and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision ([2010] NICh 7).  But the case is of more general interest because the order was made on the basis of an assessment of the highest award of likely damages for misuse of private information. Read the rest of this entry »